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Dr. Lucian Leape, NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Receive AACN Pioneering Spirit Award

Tuesday, May 20, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Institute and founding chair honored at AACN National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition

Denver, CO, May 20, 2014—The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute and founding chairman Lucian Leape, MD, are recipients of the 2014 AACN Pioneering Spirit Award for international leadership in patient safety. The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), was presented at the 2014 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition being held in Denver this week.

This award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to AACN’s mission, vision, and values.

Dr. Leape, adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a renowned health policy innovator, is widely recognized as a founder of the modern patient safety movement. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Quality of Care in America Committee, which published To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001).

In 2007, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) chose Dr. Leape to lead its think tank and named the Institute in his honor. The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute is made up of national thought leaders with a shared interest and expertise in patient safety. Their goal is to spearhead efforts to define and advance transforming concepts that are essential to a culture of safety in the health care system. These concepts, defined in a 2009 paper, include medical education reform, active consumer engagement in all aspects of health care, transparency as a practiced value, integration of care within and across care delivery systems, restoration of joy and meaning in work, and the safety of the health care workforce.

Since its inception, the Institute’s educational forums, evidence-based reports, and various initiatives have provided ongoing guidance to advance proven principles and practices to ensure safety in patient care.

“From the beginning of the patient safety movement, nurses have been the earliest and most enthusiastic partners and adopters of new ways to make patient care safe: from shifting from a blaming to a systems approach to error, to full disclosure and support when things go wrong, to increasing patients’ engagement in their care,” said Dr. Leape. “Receiving this award honors that partnership, and is a wonderful honor for me and for the Institute. We are grateful to AACN for this special recognition.”
“Dr. Leape’s pioneering contributions to health care represent the lived experience of true collaboration in the service of patients and their families,” said Dana Woods, AACN’s chief executive officer. “He is a relentless advocate and does so with the joy of someone whose energy comes from service to and for others.”

In addition to Dr. Leape, members of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute include Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president of NPSF and of the Institute; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, assistant deputy under secretary for health quality, safety and value, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, distinguished fellow, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA, Executive Director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital; Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center; Julianne Morath, RN, MS, President and CEO, Hospital Quality Institute of California; Paul O’Neill, former chairman and CEO, Alcoa, and 72nd Secretary of the US Treasury; Dennis S. O’Leary, MD, President Emeritus, The Joint Commission; and Robert M. Wachter, MD, associate chair, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco.
For additional information about the NPSF Lucian Leape institute, including links to its published reports, visit

About the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual AACN Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally, and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare, and receive a plaque and $1,000 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

About the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute
The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members include national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation’s work, visit

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